Taillon has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Canada, where his entire family is from and his father now lives. That's what allows him to hurl 100-mph fastballs at the Americans in the World Baseball Classic.
Taillon has strong Canadian ties, and he was excited at the opportunity to pitch on such a big stage.
Never having pitched above Double-A, Taillon hopes that mystery will play to his advantage against some of the world's best hitters.
"It definitely can't hurt," he said. "I'm a younger guy; I haven't made my Major League debut yet. That's how I'm approaching it -- nothing to lose, I know if I make my pitches, I've got the stuff that I feel can get anyone in the world out."